Why I Am Scared About Having a Multiracial Vice President

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Let me clarify: I am not scared about having a multiracial woman as Vice President of the United States. But, I am fraught with anxiety over how people may react. Despite how amazing America is, America is definitely not without fault. There is a dark side to America and one of these is the racism that still exists in this country.

As a person who identifies as Hapa, I have faced my own share of discrimination. When you are standing with one foot across two very different racial boundaries, you struggle to fit in. But, you usually can’t because you find that both of your sides are perpetually at war against each other. You also have people who tell you that you aren’t white enough, or black enough, or Asian enough. You also have people who still go by the old-fashioned one-drop rule, which states that if you have even one-drop of African ancestry, then you are black.

I strongly believe that everyone is entitled to identify however they wish. If they choose to identify as one ethnicity, that is their prerogative. If they choose to identify as both, then that is their choice.

If they choose to identify as just American, then that should be OK. It should be OK for anyone to identify as nationally and even ethnically as American. After all, many of us were born here and many of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, were Americans. But it isn’t OK for some people.

For some people, they believe, either out of ignorance or background, that someone who looks “exotic” has got to be from a different country. They believe that those “exotic” looking people can’t possibly be Americans.

They have this view in their minds that an American has to have a certain hair color or eye color or even skin color. But that is so far from the truth. America is a melting pot, comprised of people of different colors and religion. This is not a monoethnic society. This is a multiracial society. We are made stronger because we live in such a society filled with so many wonderful people who have different experiences and backgrounds.

One day, I’d love to live in a country that identifies a person not by who their ancestors or parents were, but by where they are from: America. Where you are from shouldn’t be determined by the origin of your parents or grandparents. Where you are from should be determined exclusively by the place that you were born or raised.

And then, that should be enough. It shouldn’t matter so much what color or race someone is. It shouldn’t matter where they were born: in America or elsewhere. What should really matter is what kind of person they are. What should really matter is how kind someone is to another. What should really matter is who someone is on the inside.

I love that the next vice president of the United States of America could very well be a person of color. I love that the next vice president could be not only the first black and first Asian vice president, but also the first multiracial vice president. That is such an amazing feat for this country. And I am so proud. But I am still scared of how people will react.

I am so scared of what people will say. I am so scared of the expectations that would be put on their shoulders. The entire expectations of the black, Asian, and multiracial communities are on their shoulders. That’s such a heavy burden, and yet, probably a necessary one. Because America needs this.

And yet, we shouldn’t vote or choose a vice president based on a person’s race. What the vice president looks like should have no bearing on the outcome of the race. Instead, what should matter is what kind of character that person has. What should matter is how kind that person is. What should matter is what that person does — and will do — to make this amazing country truly great again.

Race should no longer be on the table in America. But, sadly, it is. Racism still exists in America. People still get judged and discriminated against for looking a certain way. People still get killed for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The only way that America can truly be great is if there was no more racism. The only way that America can be great is if we accepted everyone for who they are and not what they look like.

That is my greatest wish: for people to accept everyone for who they are. I long to see a day when multiracial people aren’t judged or labeled. I long to see a day when multiracial people are free to just be.

How do you feel about the current Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States?

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

17 thoughts on “Why I Am Scared About Having a Multiracial Vice President

  1. “When you are standing with one foot across two very different racial boundaries, you struggle to fit in. But, you usually can’t because you find that both of your sides are perpetually at war against each other. You also have people who tell you that you aren’t white enough, or black enough, or Asian enough.” – this part really resonated with me. Being half European and half Colombian myself as far as ancestry goes, it’s definitely a strange in-between place sometimes. But I’m American. I was born here and it’s all I know, and I so agree with you that I hope one day we can have a society where that and WHO you are is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.

    Great piece! Thanks for sharing, and hopefully the next presidency will mean stepping toward this goal for America.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad that it resonated with you. I’ve felt that way for so long that it’s a part of me lol it’s nice to know that I’m not alone in feeling this way ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is excellent! Thank you so much for sharing. The choice of VP by the previous VP to the last administration, is such a wise one. She is brilliant, accomplished, and has that undefinable spark that reaches beyond her person and wakes people up.

  3. I wholly agree, race as it is currently construed is an artificial barrier between people whose only difference is less than 0.03% of their DNA. There is only ONE race, the human one. The amount of melanin is immaterial; the slant of one’s eyes or the shape of a nose or the color of hair does not matter one whit.
    But views on abortion, socialism, religious practices and integrity of values DO matter. To borrow from Jesus, “It is not what you see on the outside that makes a man or woman unclean; it is what proceeds from the inside.”
    Unfortunately BOTH candidates have significant flaws, but we must ask what alliances they will forge and how will they promote the health of our Republic. Wouldn’t it be nice if one year we could choose between “the greater of two goods” instead of always having to settle for the “lesser of two evils?” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. How do I feel about her? Simple: She’s a conwoman who once called her running mate a racist (because he is), who kept men in prison longer to use as a cheep form of labor. She laughed about smoking weed while having prosecuted people for having weed. She’s getting a pass because of her skin, and because she has a “D” after her name.

    She’s also a major hypocrite. All those things she railed against when she was trying to become the Democratic Nominee? They were helped into place by her current running mate. Apparently those weren’t such big deals as she made them out to be.

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  6. Thank you for posting this. I have always felt and believed racism is unfortunately taught by adults and their actions to our children. I have seen no proof that we are born as racist…it is learned.

    I am sorry to say my mom was one of those people you mentioned, who saw anyone different looking than her generic, white Anglo Saxon protestant image as a foreigner. I had many arguments with her over that very issue, explaining that looks does not make a person a foreigner. I called her a racist and hoped she would see my point but never happened. She grew up in the Depression and learned her attitudes based on the Jim Crow hatred going on at the time. I could not abide by her opinions and would not tolerate anywhere or anytime I was around her.

    I pray for your strength to resist it and your safety to stand up to it. God bless you.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing. I am sorry to hear about your mom. I agree with you that it is learned based on environment and what you are exposed to growing up. That’s why we must always strive for a tolerant and diverse society in the world today.

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